The unique landscape of New York makes it an ideal location for grape and wine production. Home to over 35 varieties of grapes, New York wineries are making some of the finest wines in the world. With over 350 wineries making up this 200 year old industry, New York is the third largest wine producing state in the country. Wine fanatics will without a doubt find New York to be a goldmine for anyone looking to enjoy some delicious, well made wine.
The Long Island region of New York State is home to many beautiful wineries. While visiting the stunning white sand beaches of the area, be sure to check out any one of the great wineries, like Martha Clara Vineyards, voted the best winery on Long Island.
The Hudson Valley offers magnificent landscapes and a friendly culture that welcomes tourists from all over the country. In fact, Brotherhood Winery located in Washingtonville NY is the oldest winery in the US, dating back to the 1800's. While in Eastern New York be sure to visit the Dutchess Wine Trail and the Shawangunk Wine trail and sample some of the region's best wines.
Central New York is a tourist haven, hosting a variety of locals including underground caverns, the Baseball Hall of Fame, and a vast number of unique wineries. The Cooperstown Beverage Trail is a great opportunity for visitors to check out all of the craft beverage manufacturers Central New York has to offer.
It is no doubt that the Finger Lakes region of New York is the wine leader in the state. The small, yet mighty, Canandaigua Wine Trail, the 34 wineries of Lake and the Cayuga Wine Trail, are great ways to visit some of the many amazing wineries in the region.
The Greater Niagara region of New York State is a must stop destination for tourists of all interests. The Niagara falls are one of the greatest treasures that New York State has to offer and visitors should not miss the chance to check them out. While in the area, The Niagara Wine Trail givers visitors a great chance to check out the wines of the region. From September 20th - 22nd, be sure to stop by Harvest Fest at any of the participating wineries on the Niagara trail.
Western New York is home to the Chautauqua-Allegheny region, and known for its beautiful parks and performance centers. The Lake Erie/Chautauqua Wine Trail in Western New York features a surprising group of wineries that are both award winning and easily accessible!
Wine enthusiasts will be please to know that New York State has over 300 wineries and farm wineries. You would be hard pressed to travel in New York and not find a great winery available for you to visit. For more information about the many wineries located in New York State, click HERE.
In the early 19th century, New York was known as the "Hops Capitol" of the country. Almost every county grew and harvested hops. This history has led to a strong connection with the beer industry in New York State. Beer has long been a staple beverage in New York, and the industry strength continues to grow today. New York State is currently home to over 100 different breweries and microbreweries. With the recent passing of the Farm Brewery law, the beer industry in New York has never looked better!
Southern New York is a hub for some of the best breweries NY has to offer. The Southern Brewery Trail encompasses breweries across Long Island, NYC, and the Hudson Valley regions of the state.
History comes alive in the capitol region of New York State. Visit the State's capitol while travel upstate, and be sure to catch a show at one of the many performance venues. The Northern Brewery Trail showcases many great breweries from the Capitol Region, along with breweries located in the beautiful mountainous region of the Adirondacks.
America's pastime is baseball, right? Well nothing goes better with baseball than beer! In Central NY be sure to visit the baseball hall of fame either before or after checking out the great breweries on the Cooperstown Beverage Trail. Brew Central NY is a great resource for any craft beer lover looking to find out more about the craft beverage offerings in Central New York. September 13th-15th Madison County is hosting Hop Fest, an event dedicated to celebrating the past and future of the beer and hops industry.
It's not all about wine in the Finger Lakes. The Finger Lakes Beer Trail highlights some amazing breweries in the region that are a must for all beer enthusiasts.
New York State has more than 100 breweries varying from all sorts of sizes and locations. To find more of New York's great breweries near you,click HERE.
Hard cider has strong and deep connections to American history. Long ago in the Northeast, hard cider was more popular than beer. Cider is beginning to make a comeback into American culture, and is quickly becoming a household staple for craft beverage drinkers. The recent passing of the Farm Cidery law has sparked growth in the cider industry. There are currently over 15 cider producers in New York State and the industry growth is on the rise!
In Central New York, Harvest Moon Cidery offers six varieties of hand crafted hard ciders made from apples grown and pressed right on the farm. And, at Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard, you can taste hard ciders and apple wines, another feature of the New York cider making tradition. Visit Nine Pin Cider Works, where the use of farm fresh fruit delivers a crisp refreshing taste to the heart of Albany.
The Hudson Valley region of New York is the primary location for cider produces in the state. Given the vast number of apple orchards (a great tourist destination on their own) it only makes sense that the Hudson Valley would be the premier location for cider production. In October, Cider Week will highlight some of the region's best cider manufacturers. Any fan of New York State cider should not miss the opportunity to try a variety of the state's most delicious ciders!
The cider industry in New York State is in rapid growth. If you are a fan of real, New York produced cider, be sure to click HERE for more information.
Despite such a large Wine and Beer industry in New York, distilleries refuse to take a backseat in the craft beverage industry. In fact, New York has the second highest number of distilleries in the nation. Distilleries are found in every corner of the state.
While visiting the NYC area, be sure to check out one of the many Distilleries based in Brooklyn, NY. Industry City Distillery , Kings County Distillery , New York Distilling Company, and The Noble Experiment NYC are all located in Brooklyn, NY and available for tours and tastings.
While the Finger Lakes are typical known as wine country in New York, it is also home to great distilleries as well. Finger Lakes Distilling in Burdett, NY is a farm distillery offering tours and samples to their guests.
The Hudson Valley is home to New York's first whiskey distillery since prohibition, Tuthilltown Distillery in Gardiner, NY is a must stop for any history buff.
With over 70 distilleries in the state, there are plenty of opportunities to try the delicious spirits that New York State has to offer. For more information on NYS distilleries, be sure to click HERE.